November 20, 2014 – 5:26 am

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West Berlin 1981 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Waldbuhne, West Berlin, Germany; May 17, 1981. Very good FM broadcast.

Though they did have one single, I Got A Line On You, Spirit were known primarily for their albums: an ambitious, eclectic blend of hard rock, blues, country folk and prefusion jazz. - Rolling Stone

Together with his stepfather, Ed Cassidy, songwriter/front-man Jay Ferguson, bassist Mark Andes (with whom California and Cassidy initially had formed a band called the Red Roosters) and keyboardist John Locke, Randy California founded the band Spirit in 1967. The stage name “Randy California” was given to him by Jimi Hendrix to distinguish him from another Randy in the band (who Hendrix dubbed “Randy Texas”). California drowned in the Pacific Ocean in 1997 at the age of 45 while rescuing his 12-year-old son Quinn. - wikipedia

Thanks to weezerdude for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Track 01. 1984 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 02. Five In The Morning 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 03. Animal Zoo 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 04. Nature’s Way 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 05. Turn To The Right 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 06. Hey Joe 8:05 (13.6MB)
Track 07. Fish Fry Road 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 08. All The Same (including Drum Solo) 6:22 (10.7MB)
Track 09. I Got A Line On You 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 10. All Along The Watchtower 6:40 (11.2MB)
46 mins

Randy California - guitars, vocals
Ed Cassidy - drums
Steve “Liberty” Loria - bass, vocals
George Valuck - keyboards

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  1. 13 Responses to “SPIRIT - WEST BERLIN 1981”

  2. This looks nice! Thanks for posting Big O!

    By Tom on Nov 20, 2014

  3. Lover of ‘I gotta line on you’ and ‘Fresh Garbage’ when they came out over here (not least on ‘The Rock Machine Turns You On’ a legendary compilation that introduced many of us Brits to the best of American psychedelia) you can imagine my surprise when Spirit turned up in the town centre here to play the local basement of a small pub called the Pennyfarthing in the mid Eighties. Unconvinced it could my Sixties heroes we went anyway to be most pleasantly surprised to find Randy and Ed still very much alive and kicking!
    Thanks for this Big O
    It’s appreciated

    By swappers on Nov 20, 2014

  4. Yay !!! Spirit !!!

    By Jack Bond on Nov 20, 2014

  5. 7 yrs after this show they played the bottom line in nyc and the show didnt sell out. randy welcomed a few interested fans backstage to sign some autographs and pose for pics with them. in fact before the show he even hung around at the bar talking to the crowd and telling jokes with some eager listeners. that may have been his last nyc appearance altho he died 9 yrs later.

    By darth on Nov 20, 2014

  6. 7 yrs after this show they played the bottom line in nyc and the show didnt sell out. randy welcomed a few interested fans backstage to sign some autographs and pose for pics with them

    I wasn`t asked.

    By darth coroner to the stars on Nov 20, 2014

  7. Spirit where one of the best and coolest psychedelic rock bands ever. I love the vibe and groove of their songs. They got pretty popular here in Germany through their performance in the famous Rockpalast TV show in 1978. It was a brilliant show and is released on CD and DVD which I strongly recommend, you also can check it out on youtube. Randy California and Ed Cassidy where two of the coolest and best musicians of their era and I´m pretty sure they would have released more great music if not that tragic accident would have happened to Randy. Spirit will always be one of my favourite bands and their shows are always welcomed here on BigO.

    By Michael SV98 on Nov 20, 2014

  8. “one single”?…. Mechanical World (way different mix in mono) Dark Eyed Woman, 1984, Nature’s Way, Mr. Skin were all played in Louisville,Kentucky a lot. AM radio, too. Interesting I Got A Line On You was not….

    By rick harper on Nov 20, 2014

  9. Big O Amigos, thank you very much for the Spirit, it is always welcome. Yes, I sort of agree with Mr. Harper, I thought their only/best-selling single was “Nature’s Way.”

    In deepest Mid-Mo, we only heard them from an occasional bit of Beaker Street and T. Beamer’s record collection.

    Truly an awesome band, Mr. California was an unsung guitar hero.

    Thank you and be well.


    By James on Nov 21, 2014

  10. thanks!

    By sluggo on Nov 21, 2014

  11. That was a great gig at the Pennyfarthing, had a chat to Randy Backstage (well actually it was in the little area behind the bar) a lovely bloke and a superb guitar player.

    By Bev on Nov 21, 2014

  12. I´ve just found this for the Spirit Concert in Berlin:
    They played together with Mitch Ryder and Mickey Jupp, nice little festival. 17 D-Mark for the ticket equals today about 8 Euros or 11 US-Dollar…..

    By Michael SV98 on Nov 21, 2014

  13. Awesome! Very excited to listen to this, huge Spirit fan.

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